Tour of salt in bolivia
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Mar 3, 2013 3:38 PM Last Post By: tanisrovner
Feb 21, 2013 7:15 AM
Tour of salt in boliviaI have been checking various guide books and websites, and can not find any reason to do a 3 or 4 day tour. What makes looking at salt for 3 or 4 days worthwhile?
Just did the Monarch Butterfly santuaries in Mexico and found that while references imply you should do a couple days visiting the sites, in reality most people on the tours had enuff of looking at butterflies after two hours.
Is it really worthwhile to give up 4 days of vacation to look at salt?
Feb 21, 2013 10:59 AM
Feb 21, 2013 12:46 PM
2as Tryan says most 3 or 4 day trips take in only 1 day driving across the salt lakes...which are spectacular and worth seeing. the other days are into the very scenic landscapes and mountains with spectacular lakes...like laguna verde. if you just search for salar de uyuni tours on google images you see its more than just salt
Feb 21, 2013 1:29 PM
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Feb 22, 2013 7:57 AM
Feb 22, 2013 8:55 AM
Feb 22, 2013 10:23 AM
Feb 22, 2013 11:51 AM
8Good tour site is roamtheplan.net--lots of pictures of lightening strikes hitting the salt. They purposely did tour in rainy season just to get pictures of stars in the water covering the salt.
But they also mention driving 50 miles between interesting sights. Not going until May, but I probably won't give up 4 days unless I find something on the net that makes it worthwhile.
Feb 22, 2013 1:34 PM
9I hate the Amazon...all those trees.They're all green too......
As for cities like Paris and Rome...all those old buildings.They are just stones,stuck one on top of the other..;-)
Feb 23, 2013 6:17 AM
10not sure what you else you are hoping to find elsewhere on the internet.....when you have well seasoned and experienced backpackers who have been there giving you sound advice ........as for not wanting to drive 50 miles between sights.... the Salar De Uyuni and surronding mountains/landscapes cover a pretty large area.....over 10,000 square kiliometres....this puts your 50 mile trip into perspective........Bolivia is a larger than France & Germany combined so expect long trips and 10+ hours on buses as well as slow and often disrupted travel
Feb 24, 2013 2:23 AM
11absolutely not worth your time to go on a tour
by not going you leave room for more interesting people
surely 5 minutes would be more than enough time to look at butterflys
besides salt, green trees and piled up stones in Paris avoid all waterfalls any sign of vegetation and most of all beaches as they are the greatest waste of holiday time
Feb 25, 2013 9:30 AM
12There are so much more to see besides the beautiful landscape during the 3-4 days tour of Salar de Uyuni!
I did the 3-day tour last summer from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, which ended in Uyuni, Bolivia. You may mentioned that the red and green lake you searched in Google is just like abandoned coal mines, but what really struck me about those lakes was there are not that many lakes with weird chemical formations around the world. It may look similar to the abandoned coal mines in the look, but the difference is so striking, because these lakes are purely natural! Haven't you ever questioned yourself how great the Mother Nature is to create such things? The absolute wilderness there also gives you another feeling - you only pretty much stay with your tourmates for the whole duration of the trip. You will get to see lots of wild pink Andean flamingos, which is a spectacular site by itself.
IMO, if the scenes you searched over the net won't satisfy your need, maybe it's the experience on this trip that will do! I really love the trip here. It's a completely new experience, even to many well-seasoned backpackers! Sure, I do love the beautiful landscapes there, but what I really love about the trip is the experience! This 3-day tour is easily the highlight of everyone's South America trip, and I'm sure many people who have been here can confirm that!
Feb 26, 2013 11:00 PM
13KhunWasut - can you please tell me the name of the tour operator you used for your tour from SPA to Uyuni? I've researched the internet until my eyes are bleeding and I'm still no better informed than when I started re tour operators.
The only tour operator I found that was prepared to start in SPA and ending in Uyuni was charging an arm and a leg (plus a kidney I think). If I can't find a reasonably priced tour operator (ie similar pricing or a bit more than Bolivian ones) then we'll just have to make our own way to Uyuni and go from there. Cheers :)
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